Monday, March 10, 2014

206 Batiks

I just finished cutting strips off 206 batiks. Each strip was cut into rectangles. Here they are all arranged according to color.

 Why so many rectangles? I am making a queen sized version of the lap quilt below for a very special group as a thank you.
Craig Street Cats, in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a cat rescue and feral colony management program. When a feral cat showed up on my doorstep one -30 degree winter morning I was at a loss what to do. They helped immensely and now my feral, though still wild and unapproachable, has a much better life with lots of food, water and a heated shelter. The quilt will be raffled off to raise funds for the group.

Since I had ironed and straightened all the fabrics I figured I would make it worth my while, and cut an additional 2 1/2" strip and a 3" strip. The 3" size comes in handy when you need to make 1/2 square triangles. I'm going to try and remember to do this every time I cut up a fabric. It's so handy to have the strips on hand when you want to make a scrappy quilt.

I only need 600 rectangles for the quilt, but cut out at least double that amount as I don't know how many of each fabric I will need to transition from one color to the next. I'm guessing there will be enough left over to make yet another one! For now though, I should get sewing. I've got to get this quilt done in the next two weeks because I've entered it into Quilt Reflections 2014 (March 28-30 in Winnipeg). Seems I like to work under pressure!!!

I will be linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is working on!

Happy Stitching

ps If you have some of  this fabric or know where to get it please let me know!


canuckquilter said...

Have fun playing with all those gorgeous colors. I'm sure it's a challenge to get the colour transitions to happen just how you would like them. I'm glad your unexpected feline is being well cared for.

Nita said...

That is going to be a beautiful, beautiful quilt! You might try sending your photo to Bear Paw Quilt store in Whitehorse, Yukon...she has the biggest selection of batiks I've ever seen. (You can google the website)

Will Cook for Shoes said...

A fellow Winnipeg quilter… and a fellow advocate for rescues. Your post warms my heart (I just recently did a wall quilt with appliqué for another one of our local rescues).

I've see that fabric, I'm sure. You've checked all the local spots?

Hope to see your finished quilt at the quilt show at the end of the month. I'll be there for sure!

Joanne said...

Beautiful quilt! And such a good cause.
Good luck finding your fabric.

momiji said...

Oooh--beautiful! I find batiks so irresistible--the colors are just stunning.

Jehnny said...

That is going to be fantastic!

elle said...

A nice batik. No wonder you can't find it. But your project is great and hope you get everything all done.

Jo Ferguson said...

Absolutely beautiful batiks and such a worthy cause to make a quilt, for. I'm sure it will raise a lot of money. I'll have to remember your tip to cut an extra strip, when I'm cutting fabric...Thanks.

Regina said...

As a fellow critter lover and adopter thank you for getting help for the poor kitty, and for being so generous and making such a nice raffle quilt!
I try to do the cut a strip/square more thing, it sure adds up fast, doesn't it.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to seeing this quilt at the show!